Grimsby’s exciting new Horizon Youth Zone given go-ahead

Horizon Youth Zone Grimsby

Grimsby’s exciting new Horizon Youth Zone given go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for Grimsby’s new Horizon Youth Zone, a space for young people to spend their free time, meet new people and enjoy a variety of activities.

Set to be built in the former West Haven Maltings and Migar House buildings, the charity will provide thousands of young people from Grimsby and Cleethorpes with a place to go to build on their skills and discover their talents.

It will be open seven days a week to young people aged between 8 and 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs.

For just 50p a visit, members of the Horizon Youth Zone will be able to access an indoor climbing wall, four-court sports hall, fully equipped gym and 3G kick pitch.

The centre will also include a training kitchen, dance and drama studio, arts and crafts room, music room with a recording studio and an enterprise and employability suite, among many other features.

Horizon Youth Zone inside

The Young People’s Development Group from Horizon Youth Zone meet every week to discuss the development of the centre.

A member of the group, Erin, 16, said: “It feels really special to hear the good news about the planning application because we have had such a massive part to play in the development of the Youth Zone including interviewing potential volunteers and presenting at board meetings.

“Now planning consent has been granted, we have the reassurance that all our hard work has been worthwhile.”

Earlier this year, the group took part in a creative branding process which saw them develop two potential names and logos for the new Youth Zone.

After 1,600 young people voted, the centre was officially named ‘Horizon’.

Grimsby’s Horizon Youth Zone is being developed in partnership with national charity OnSide, North East Lincolnshire Council and the local business community.

It will join a network of 14 state-of-the-art Youth Zones with locations across the country, including Manchester, Wolverhampton, Warrington and Carlisle.

Gill Alton, Trustee of Horizon Youth Zone and Chief Executive of TEC Partnership and the Grimsby Institute said: “This is an important milestone in the Horizon Youth Zone journey. Grimsby is bursting with bright and talented young people who need somewhere safe and inspiring to go and Horizon Youth Zone will provide just that.

“If you are interested in supporting young people through this new charity then please get in touch to join us on this exciting journey.”

Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased the project has reached this stage – it’s an important project, not only for the young people of our borough, but also one of the key parts of the regeneration of Grimsby town centre. Along with the other projects planned for the town, we’re in really exciting times.”

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